New Delhi, Apr 16: Special NIA judge Ravindra Reddy resigned on Monday, hours after delivering judgement in the Mecca Masjid blast case. The judge submitted his resignation to Andhra Pradesh chief justice citing personal reasons.

The judge’s sudden resignation intrigued All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (AIMIM) chief Assaduddin Owaisi. “Judge (sic) who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision,” he said in a tweet.

The NIA judge acquitted all five accused in the Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid blast case. This includes Swami Aseemanand. The court acquitted them for lack of evidence.

The defence advocate said that all none of the allegations made by the prosecution could be proved, hence; the judge declared all the accused acquitted in the case.

Nine people had been killed and 58 had got wounded when a blast ripped through historic Macca mosque in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.  10 people including Swami Aseemanand were named accused in the case. Five accused were arrested including Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Devendra Gupta, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajendra Chowdhary. While two accused are absconding, another accused died.

After the verdict, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra attacked the Congress, saying the party defamed Hindus for some votes.

“For its appeasement politics, the Congress targeted and defamed Hindus and the country for merely some votes. That conspiracy has been exposed. The Congress has been exposed like never before,” he said.

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, Patra wondered if the Congress president would lead a candle march to India Gate and apologise for his attempts to “defame” Hindus.